Imagine a world where; up is down, wrong is right, illegal is legal, common sense is uncommon and, I am you and you are me.
Illegally using a fraudulent name and social security number has long been a method for undocumented workers to illegally gain employment in the United States, now immigrant rights groups, such as the National Immigration Justice Center in Chicago, want illegal immigrants who use your name and social security number to gain employment to be exempt from the identity theft law.
You might think we are making this up, but it's true, illegal aliens that use your name and social security number to illegally obtain work in the United States don't feel that they should be charged with identity theft. No, you did not just enter the Rod Sterling's Twilight Zone, the Associated Press has reported that the United States Supreme Court will be hearing a case this Wednesday claiming that prosecutors' have aggressively used the federal identity theft law, which carries a mandatory two year prison sentence, as leverage to obtain plea bargains from illegal immigrants to accept a lessor immigration charge and deportation.
Some people might being thinking this is frivolous, anyone using another persons name and social security number without their permission is obviously stealing that persons' identity. Three Federal Appeals Court's however; in Boston, San Francisco and, Washington D.C., don't agree with the use of the federal identity theft law against those illegally obtaining employment using your name and number, therefore, the question must now go before the U.S. Supreme Court. Three other Federal Appeals Court's, in; St. Louis, Atlanta and, Richmond however, have come down on the side of the government and agree that using another person's identity without permission is, well, identity theft.
More then 8 million Americans are victims of identity theft each year.